Vista SP1 RC – IE and other native applications getting reset to defaults

8 12 2007


UPDATE: This has been fixed, infact the Beta team was not able to reproduce too!

This is bothering many – After installing Vista SP1 RC, some or most of the IE settings and Windows Media Player settings are reset to defaults. Users have reported on IE and Windows Media Player, hope the list stays to these both 😉

Here are mine,

1) IE settings such as Security Settings and Addon got reset and my Flash, Quicktime and Kaspersky Internet Security Web Statistics plugins stopped working and had to reinstall them to see them working (didnt reinstall Kaspersky though)

2) My default DVD/CD player got changed to Windows Media Player

For some, the whole IE settings including Home Page, Favorites got reset. And you can add Java plugin to the plugins list as for some Java plugin stopped working too.

We beta testers have passed the information to Vista SP1 team, hope it will be corrected in the final version 🙂


Vista SP1 RC – Running good

7 12 2007


Vista SP1 RC was released few days back to beta testers and soon by next week it will be available to public too for download.

I have been using/testing Vista SP1 from their Beta releases and Its really good. The performance, speed seems to be really improved. You can feel the speed difference when you use applications, more applications being opened.

ComputerWorld has a good review on Vista SP1 RC

And this time Service Pack is not about new GUI or features like in XP Service Pack 2 and its more on reliability, performance and speed. Sure you can expect a good speed increase after installing SP1 for Vista. And there is also good improvement in copying files over network.

There are many articles which may just claim Vista is bad, not good for computing (especially our *other* friends) but if you just ignore them and really get the right machine and use Vista, its a treat! Well, sure there were certain things that went wrong with Vista, but yes, it has come through a rough path and Microsoft did release several updates to Vista which has made it good.

Let me tell you my own example – I am using Vista for at least an year now and haven’t used Flip3d much. Sometimes I even forget that was an feature introduced in Vista! This week I bought a Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 . It has 5 buttons which can be configured and my middle button gets me Flip3d and now, I use it so frequently because its at my reach! I am really impressed with this feature only now, lol.

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista SP1 RC and Windows Server 2008 RC1

5 12 2007


Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows Vista SP1 RC

And this time its going to be available to public. From the Vista Team blog,

Today we’re making available the release candidate (RC) of Windows Vista SP1 via Microsoft Connect, and tomorrow subscribers to TechNet and MDSN will have access to those RC bits too. In addition, the RC will be available to the public next week via Microsoft’s Download Center.

And Windows Server 2008 RC1 was also made available for testing today